Having chosen a pattern to use last year’s Advent minis, I needed a contrasting yarn. I could have just used an undyed skein but opted for dyeing a skein of BFL in grey. I used Kolorkraft landscape acid dyes in Currawong colour.
I also dyed some more Corriedale fibre and over dyed some of the pale green I dyed a few weeks ago.
I made some Nordic Tomte for a change from making fairies. I don’t know if they will sell as well as the fairies do, but I enjoyed making them. They are for sale in the gallery and I have priced them less than the fairies. I also made one bauble. My November sales in the shop were mostly fairies and baubles (plus 4 lampshades) so I hope they are bringing some cheer to their new homes and if bought as gifts their recipients love them.
As mentioned I picked an advent pattern. I chose ADVENTuresome Wrap by Ambah O’Brien. She is running an advent KAL with 11 pattern choices available, so I am joining in with that too.
I’m using last year’s advent from Cookston Crafts, which was toy themed. I wish I’d labelled them when I wound them into balls, they’d been neatly labelled as skeins and it all went to pot when I wound them on. I have tried to match them to a photo and list I took on a previous post but in reality I don’t suppose it really matters.
On day 1 I accidentally knit too much and started a 2nd mini colour, but on day 2 I noticed a mistake on the first row of the 2nd colour so I tinked that back and fixed it and officially knit section 2 on the right day. I will see how I get on at keeping up with the days. It has new stitches for me to learn SSP and “pu1 kpkpkp”!! I’m sure I will get a bit quicker as the project continues. It’s my first wavy project.
With the leftover yarn from section 1 and 2 I made a tiny jumper ornament for the tree. Think I will keep doing that with more leftovers as they look cute on the tree.
I also worked on my 2nd Christmas sock. I’ve finished the gusset increases so this should be finished soon.
My advent this year is also from Cookston Crafts (like last year’s) but this time is DK yarn and I ordered the one with a contrasting full skein. This year’s theme is Colours of Scotland. So far I’ve opened Forth Rail Bridge, Highland Coo, Ginger, Smoked Salmon and Dram. Not my usual colours but I am loving the tones together and think they’ll go nicely in a fair isle pattern.
When I was starting to draft my end of year review post I realised I bought my weaving class subscription at the start of May so thought I best start watching more of the tutorials and making notes. So I have been learning how to do 3 and 4 shaft patterns on a rigid heddle loom, which I am keen to give a go in the new year.
I have started drafting my end of year summary post, which includes not just my crafting but some other highlights or things I’d like to remember when they happened. Oh boy, my terrible memory is partially helped with a notebook I sometimes remember to write in, but this year I haven’t been as good at recording things.
I am so keen every month and every new year resolution to create and stick to a routine that gives me time for household chores, exercise, felting things to sell, weaving, spinning, knitting, gardening and paperwork for committees I am on. I just don’t understand where my time goes and why it is soooo hard finding a routine that works. The one routine I have is to listen to Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast when it comes out on Mondays, Thursdays and when they release a Friday bonus episode.
If you have any tricks, tips or app recommendations for helping your routines then I would love to hear about it. If I can establish one before the new year that will give me a head start.
This is a Year of Projects post. Officially the Group is in its 10th year, but this is my 3rd year participating. If you would like to find more about the Year of Projects Group on Ravelry.